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Norman Henry Mamey -- Composer Extraordinaire

Cory Hall

BachScholar Publishing, LLC, is happy to announce the newest composer whose piano music has been accepted for publication: GRAMMY winner, Norman Henry Mamey Paramount to BachScholar's mission is to publish and promote the highest quality piano music being written by our finest composers today, and Norman Mamey certainly fits this bill. To read more about Mr. Mamey -- concert jazz pianist, composer, conductor, piano teacher, educator -- please CLICK HERE and HERE! The video below features one of Mr. Mamey's most popular recent works (in collaboration of lyricist Adryan Russ), a pop song titled The Fire in Me performed brilliantly by the singer Luara, which in only three months has garnered over 80,000 views on YouTube!

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In just seven months in business as of this writing, BachScholar Publishing already has a roster of five featured composers whose piano works have been accepted for publication and are currently in production. These distinguished composers' works vary from classical to jazz and from sacred to secular. GRAMMY winner Norman Henry Mamey will put a smile on pianists' faces with his well-crafted, catchy, and exciting jazz pieces for students and professionals of all levels. Jeremiah Bornfield has penned some outstanding neo-Baroque and Bachian style works for piano. Five Vignettes by Vernon Taranto, Jr. offers pianists an exciting adventure into space, the stars, and our galaxy. Philip Kim has composed some awesome romantic-style arrangements of traditional Christian hymns and songs that pianists are sure to love. And last but not least, Tiago Videira has graced us with some highly original and inventive impressionist-style piano pieces. To read more about BachScholar's Featured Composers, CLICK HERE!

BACHSCHOLAR'S FEATURED COMPOSERS (AS OF MAY 2013):

1. Norman Henry Mamey -- GRAMMY winner! (ASCAP) 2. Jeremiah Bornfield (BMI) 3. Philip Kim (ASCAP) 4. Vernon Taranto, Jr. (ASCAP) 5. Tiago Videira (SPA-Portugal, ASCAP affiliate)

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ABOUT BACHSCHOLAR PUBLISHING:

Established in 2011 and making its debut on the internet in September 2012, BachScholar Publishing, LLC, produces quality digital sheet music for pianists. With an emphasis on clean and accurate "Urtext" editions, each BachScholar™ score is meticulously engraved with staves up to a full inch longer than conventional sheet music resulting in exceptionally clear and easy-to-read manuscripts. All scores -- formatted for "letter" and "A4" paper sizes -- are delivered via PDF files for instant downloading, printing, or saving for future reference. BachScholar™ is the first and only publisher in the world to publish and produce exclusively digital sheet music. (Please note that all of the most popular digital sheet music companies on the internet today are retailers rather than publishers.)

BachScholar Publishing holds publishing memberships in both ASCAP and BMI (the latter, doing business as "BachScholar Global Publishing"), permitting composers belonging to either performing rights organization to officially register and publish their works through BachScholar's ASCAP or BMI affiliations. Benefits of publishing with BachScholar™ include: one-on-one personal interaction with the editor and publisher, highest quality musical manuscripts, marketing on YouTube, music presented and sold on a high-quality e-commerce website, royalties for each copy sold. One of BachScholar's missions is to publish and promote the highest quality piano music being written by our finest composers today.

In addition to publishing and producing the highest quality digital piano sheet music on the internet today, BachScholar™ also offers Piano Lessons via Skype to students worldwide. Dr. Hall is a devoted piano teacher with over 30 years' teaching experience who welcomes students of all ages and levels. BachScholar's website also offers a large selection of musical instruments and CDs by popular, worldwide artists. BachScholar Publishing, LLC, is fully accredited by the Better Business Bureau of the United States and Canada.

New Concert Piano Music: "4 Medieval Portraits, Opus 2"

Cory Hall

4 Medieval Portraits, Opus 2, is an exciting and rewarding set of pieces for advanced pianists and concert artists published in 2011 by BachScholar Publishing. Lasting a total of about 16-17 minutes, this work offers pianists an attractive alternative to classical or romantic works of similar durations. Each of the four pieces may be played singly; however, there is something truly magical and monumental about a complete performance of all four. The titles are as follows: 1. In Days of Yore 2. The Jester's Delight 3. The Old Castle 4. St. George and the Dragon

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The four pieces were composed over a six-month period in 2011 (from April to October) and originally were not planned as one unified cycle, but around November I discovered that they worked ideally together. In fact, they sound so much like they belong together that to this day I (the composer) am still amazed that it just happened to work out this way. I love these pieces and never tire of playing them. My goal is to have pianists play 4 Medieval Portraits. singly or in the complete set in recitals and concerts. Composers always love it when others play their music and I, of course, would be ecstatic if pianists other than myself performed them. The set bears the description "Medieval" due to the titles, the compositional devices and techniques employed throughout, as well as the general "Celtic" flavor or character.

In Days of Yore incorporates two main themes, the first a romantic and lyrical siciliano-style theme in 6/8 and the second a vigorous gigue or canary-style theme also in 6/8 (A "canary" was a late medieval dance characterized by dotted-note rhythms, like the later "French" style gigue.) It is very much "Brahmsian" in its piano style and is gracious to the pianist and highly idiomatic for the instrument.

The Jester's Delight is probably my favorite work, of all my works, to play from a purely "fun" perspective. It is a tour de force and perpetual-motion-style piece in rondo form that is dominated by metric modulations -- more specifically, the 16th note remains at a constant speed despite the time signatures constantly changing or evolving. It is a highly sophisticated rhythmic etude for adventuresome pianists. The rondo form permits the three "Jester" themes to be alternated or tossed around in a structured but free-form fashion, each theme representing a different aspect of the devious and cunning medieval jester. Because of their common keys and character and segue of one into the other, In Days of Yore and The Jester's Delight work perfectly when played as a pair (total of ca. 9 minutes).

The third piece in the set, The Old Castle, consists of two themes the first a slow and meditative restatement or transformation of one of the "Jester" themes (which provides unity between the second and third movements) and the second a faster and slightly "Debussyesque" theme consisting of parallelisms and additive rhythms. The two themes are unrelated and highly contrasting, yet they seem to fit together like hand and glove. The Old Castle requires highly refined voicing and tonal control as well as careful pedaling.

The fourth and final piece in the set, St. George and the Dragon, brings the 4 Medieval Portraits to a rousing conclusion. Reminiscent of "Greensleeves," the Celtic-sounding St. George and the Dragon is a tour de force perpetual-motion-style piece (like The Jester's Delight) consisting of two alternating themes. The transition from the first to second theme presents a highly effective and natural sounding metric modulation while the second theme presents a challenging "four against three" (4:3) polyrhythmic pattern (the same pattern as in the first section of Chopin's "Fantaisie Impromptu"). The coda states the famous medieval "Dies Irae" theme ("the day of wrath" or "death"), which symbolizes George's final slaying of the dragon. Each martellato or "hammered out" chord in the right hand represents a lunge of the sword. St. George and the Dragon offers pianists a challenging and rewarding etude and brings 4 Medieval Portraits, Opus 2 to its final climax. Pianists and audiences alike are guaranteed to fall in love with this yet undiscovered and exciting work for piano!

I do not yet have one complete performance of my 4 Medieval Portraits in one video; however, below are each of the four pieces performed separately. I hope you enjoy them. I would be ecstatic and extremely grateful if a brave and courageous pianist would perform them in a recital!

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